Monday, October 19, 2009
From Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon
Our Pacific coast ride was great as we met many other cyclists doing some of the same route as us. Nick was super kind to get us through Los Angeles without any problems and then we were invited to stay at his home. Also, Mary Dillon joined for 3 days along the ride. We met her in Peru last year.
A bicycle ride through the United State Marine Corps Camp Pendleton, was very nice as we new that our son, Ross, was in the final preparations for his Iraq/Afghanistan deployment.
A few nights of rest at Aunt Maria's and Uncle Maury's was good for our spirits. We even took in a Padres Game with my cousins, Linda and Caesar.
The route to Phoenix was very close to a very busy border with Mexico. The Border Patrol seemed to be working constantly to keep the illegals from entering. The border fence was very close and quite impressive. Sort of like the Great Wall of China.
Seeing my Godmother, Lorraine, was a real treat in Phoenix. We also enjoyed staying with Jacky's cousin, Judi.
Our next stop was the Grand Canyon. Kay and Harry, Denise and Anna Marie joined us for 30 miles of hiking (with packs) into and out of the Canyon, as well as to the Ribbons Waterfall on the Canyon floor. We camped at the bottom for 2 nights. Sore muscles and toes are being mended before we head for New Mexico.